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TDSAT asks Ortel to adhere to time schedule in payments to IndiaCast, stop piracy

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NEW DELHI:Ortel Communications has been asked by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to adhere to the time schedule for furnishing SMS report to IndiaCast Distribution by the seventh of the succeeding month and will also adhere to the payment schedule for the same.

Member B B Srivastava In his order of 9 August 2016 also directed that Ortel should file its reply with regards to the allegation of piracy within 10 days and a rejoinder, if any, may be filed within one week thereafter.

Listing the matter for 1 September, the Tribunal said the matter regarding IRD boxes must be settled, as submitted before the Tribunal, within 10 days.

IndiaCast counsel Kunal Tandon said a reply in the main petition has been filed and so Ortel was asked to file its rejoinder within two weeks.

The orders came on a miscellaneous application filed by IndiaCast to restrain Ortel from retransmitting the former’s signals in Jaleswar, Jagatsinghpur, Rambha, Chatrapur and Balugaon in unauthorized and illegal manner, and for directions to Ortel to clear entire outstanding dues to the tune of Rs 4,15,180 for the illegal dissemination of the signals in the areas of Berhampur, Rourkela, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Jaleswar, Nimapara, Bhadarak Town, Rambha, Chatrapur and Balugaon for the relevant period during which the signals have been illegally and in unauthorized manner and/or continues to be illegally retransmitted by Ortel.

Tandon made submissions with regard to non-compliance of the direction of the Tribunal regarding payment of May and June 2016 as well as regarding clarification of issues with regard to IRD boxes. He again re-emphasized the issue of piracy by Ortel in areas where they are not permitted to retransmit the signals. However, this issue relating to piracy was disputed by Ortel and assured the payment of the monthly subscription fee for the months of May and June in view of the order of 25 April 2016.

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